Ready-mixed concrete industry-specific maintenance tracking codes—which would identify conventional or volumetric truck-mounted mixer parts—would allow fleet managers to fairly compare all components of their vehicles. They would help when specifying new equipment purchases and would allow easier tracking of warranty claims.
Since 1970, the Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards (VMRS) coding system has provided fleet owners with a vital communication tool that links maintenance personnel, computer software systems, and management. It establishes a "universal" language for fleets, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), industry suppliers, software developers, and fleet managers.
The concrete production industry has never been included in the VMRS coding system. Vehicle chassis manufacturers had used practically all of the available number sequences for tracking truck component maintenance.
However, the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) of the American Trucking Associations—the official custodian of VMRS—has released a new software for the coding system called VMRS 2000. This software system can accommodate growth for up to 1000 distinct vehicle systems—compared with the original 100.
Producers can encourage NRMCA's Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau, Volumetric Mixer Manufacturers Bureau, and OEM Committee to work with ATA to create a code of their own.